The Second Annual Kids at Heart Slowpitch Softball Tournament was back at Thompson Field in Klamath on Saturday and Sunday for a two-day, five game minimum competition.

This years winning team was the Dangerous Crew, from Mendecio.

“Originally we advertised it as a three-game guarantee, but it was actually a give game guarantee this year,” said tournament organizer Ryan Ray. “Last year we didn’t have a lot of participation from local businesses, but this year we had a lot of sponsorship from local businesses that made it a lot more successful than the first year.”

The tournament is organized as a fundraiser for the Klamath Youth Sports Program, affiliated with the Yurok Tribe, which aims to provide kids in Klamath with positive athletic opportunities.

“The money will be used for the youth in Klamath to participate in basketball,” Ray said. “It pays for the entry fees into the rec league, and we try to help out with gear if they need it. Right now we have wrestling down here, and we help with rec league basketball. Hopefully next year these funds could help us start with baseball. We are looking to get a tee-ball team together for Little League next year.”

Ray said the tournament pulled in a total of $1,200 this year. Although that is more than last year, he is hopeful the tournament can continue to grow in the future.

“Hopefully next year we can grow it a little more so that we can raise a little more money so we can give the kids in Klamath something to do, and really get some good youth programs going for all the kids in the community,” he said.

Reach Michael Zogg at mzogg@triplicate.com .

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